The other games in Nashville are Nevada-Texas and Missouri-Florida State. "Auburn's come a long way with the basketball program and we've all come a long way within it". The Crimson Tide earned an NCAA Tournament bid with stellar wins against stiff competition.
Dean Wade sat out last Friday during the team's semifinal loss in the Big 12 Tournament. It'll be interesting to watch him go head to head with Alabama star Collin Sexton, who has emerged as a lottery pick for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Auburn won just two of its final four games after losing the SEC's top shot blocker, Anfernee McLemore, to an ankle injury.
At the time, Weber was optimistic about Wade's availability for the Big Dance.
Virginia, which began the season unranked in The Associated Press poll, might be considered the prohibitive favorite, as much as the notoriously anarchic tournament can be said to have one.
The selection committee later said that Notre Dame was the first team out.
MI is 7-1 in neutral-site games, and the Wolverines went 6-5 in away games and 15-1 at home.
Creighton is one of 68 teams in the NCAA tournament field announced Sunday. The SOS was exceptional, finishing as No. 3 out of 351 teams.
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According to Kenpom.com, the Bruins are the 5th tallest team in the NCAA.
Rhode Island, (25-7, 15-3), the Atlantic 10 regular season champs will take on 10-seed Oklahoma Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Virginia Tech is well coached by Buzz Williams.
"They had enough on their resume to get in", Rasmussen said. The Hokies are on a bit of a slide, having lost three of their last four.
The Wolverines and Grizzlies will square off Thursday in a first-round game at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. Kansas State has two wins over Texas, two wins over TCU and a win over Baylor this season. The Virginia win was in Charlottesville.
The Hokies have an experienced roster.
Lyles, a 6-foot-2 guard from DeMatha in Hyattsville, Maryland, originally signed with VCU and later transferred to Robert Morris, where he did not play. The Hokies like to push the offense and have excellent shooters. Marcquise Reed was named to the All-ACC second-team, Gabe DeVoe earned All-ACC honorable mention, while Elijah Thomas was named to the All-ACC Defensive team.
Lipscomb guard Michael Buckland of High Point during a game against Purdue on December 30.
Bama Hammer will provide detailed breakdowns of the Virginia Tech matchup in the coming days.